MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Murfreesboro Police say they’re preparing to step up enforcement against panhandlers in response to public complaints.
In a statement released this morning, the MPD notes that pedestrians can be charged for stepping into the street, obstructing a sidewalk, or trespassing on private property. Motorists can be ticketed for obstructing traffic.
The department says its already issued 30 citations to people officers have seen stepping into the street.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Ken Paulson, former editor at USA Today and CEO of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, has been selected as the next dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University.Paulson will take over his new position on July 1 and replaces Roy Moore, who will remain with the university as a professor.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University's new science building is still under construction, but new video and images illustrate what the building's interior will look like once complete.
Final completion on the $147 million project on the Murfreesboro campus is scheduled to be ready for faculty and staff to move in by the fall of 2014. The first classes will start in the 2015 spring semester.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Organizers of the Country Music Marathon are beefing up security for their April 27 event in the wake of last week’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Competitor Group Inc., the group that runs the marathon, announced Friday it would increase security presence at the start and finish lines, with more than 150 private security officials added to the staffing plan. Security will control entry and exit into the 32 runner corrals. All participants may be subject to random bag checks at the April 25-26 health and fitness expo as well as at the race.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Tennessee’s unemployment rate has risen for the third month in a row and now stands three-tenths above the national jobless rate.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate in March was 7.9 percent, up one-tenth from February’s rate. Tennessee’s jobless rate had dropped to 7.6 percent in December before starting to rise the first of the year.
Unemployment rose in education, health and retail trade. New jobs were created in business services, transportation and utilities.
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, second from right, is joined by hospital and community dignitaries today to unveil signage for the university’s new Bell Street Building, formerly part of the former MTMC property. With McPhee are, from left, Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess; Dr. Lee Moss, chairman of the MTMC board of directors; MTMC President and CEO Gordon Ferguson; and Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Middle Tennessee State University announced Friday that it has purchased the former Middle Tennessee Medical Center property for just over $11 million dollars.
The hospital moved to a new $267 million facility in 2010. MTMC has been looking for a buyer ever since, and President Gordon Ferguson says he always hoped it would be MTSU.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The owner of a Maryville pill mill who jumped bond during her federal trial for conspiracy, drug charges and money laundering has been sentenced to spend more than 21 years in federal prison.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/Zwo9hZ) U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan on Thursday also ordered all of Tammy Guzman's assets forfeited.
The 42-year-old was convicted earlier this year in a pills-for-cash scheme at her Maryville Pain Consultants clinic that netted at least $2 million over two years.